2013 Critics Choice Awards Nominations

2013 Critics Choice AwardsNominations for the 2013 Critics Choice Awards were announced earlier today and for those that don't know I think it should be mentioned I am a member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA), the organization that votes on these awards.

Leading the way with thirteen nominations each are 12 Years a Slave and American Hustle, both of which are obviously up for Best Picture along with Captain Phillips, Dallas Buyers Club, Gravity, Her, Inside Llewyn Davis, Nebraska, Saving Mr. Banks and The Wolf of Wall Street.

Given the fact there are six nominations in the major acting categories it adds room for the likes of Brie Larson (Short Term 12) in the Best Actress line-up and it's great to see a trio such as Daniel Bruhl (Rush), Barkhad Abdi (Captain Phillips) and James Gandolfini (Enough Said) in the Best Supporting Actor line-up as one of them would have surely been bumped as the other three are sure-fire nominees. It is interesting to note, however, no Tom Hanks for Saving Mr. Banks may be the final nail in his Supporting chances at the Oscars for that film.

I also love the inclusion of Scarlett Johansson for her voice performance in Her, a film that continues to gain traction throughout the recent weeks, but what I still can't tell is what will come of Martin Scorsese's The Wolf of Wall Street. While the film was nominated for Best Picture, the absence of Leonardo DiCaprio and Jonah Hill, the latter especially, is interesting, though Best Supporting Actor is quite the competitive category this year.

As far as the genre categories go, if you follow me on Twitter you would have noticed they are a difficult bunch to nominate. I ended up nominating the likes of Her as a sci-fi film and Lone Survivor and Rush in the action category. The latter two made the cut, but while Her was nominated for Best Picture it couldn't find it's way into the Best Sci-Fi category. I can't explain it.

Suffice to say, like all nominations, these have their ups and downs, take 'em as interesting films of note and move on.

I've included the full list of nominees below and on the second page. The awards will be handed out on January 16 and will air on The CW.


  • American Hustle
  • Captain Phillips
  • Dallas Buyers Club
  • Gravity
  • Her
  • Inside Llewyn Davis
  • Nebraska
  • Saving Mr. Banks
  • 12 Years a Slave
  • The Wolf of Wall Street


  • Christian Bale (American Hustle)
  • Bruce Dern (Nebraska)
  • Chiwetel Ejiofor (12 Years a Slave)
  • Tom Hanks (Captain Phillips)
  • Matthew McConaughey (Dallas Buyers Club)
  • Robert Redford (All Is Lost)


  • Cate Blanchett (Blue Jasmine)
  • Sandra Bullock (Gravity)
  • Judi Dench (Philomena)
  • Brie Larson (Short Term 12)
  • Meryl Streep (August: Osage County)
  • Emma Thompson (Saving Mr. Banks)


  • Barkhad Abdi (Captain Phillips)
  • Daniel Bruhl (Rush)
  • Bradley Cooper (American Hustle)
  • Michael Fassbender (12 Years a Slave)
  • James Gandolfini (Enough Said)
  • Jared Leto (Dallas Buyers Club)


  • Scarlett Johansson (Her)
  • Jennifer Lawrence (American Hustle)
  • Lupita Nyong'o (12 Years a Slave)
  • Julia Roberts (August: Osage County)
  • June Squibb (Nebraska)
  • Oprah Winfrey (Lee Daniels' The Butler)


  • American Hustle
  • August: Osage County
  • Lee Daniels' The Butler
  • Nebraska
  • 12 Years a Slave
  • The Wolf of Wall Street


  • Alfonso Cuaron (Gravity)
  • Paul Greengrass (Captain Phillips)
  • Spike Jonze (Her)
  • Steve McQueen (12 Years a Slave)
  • David O. Russell (American Hustle)
  • Martin Scorsese (The Wolf of Wall Street)


  • Eric Singer and David O. Russell (American Hustle)
  • Woody Allen (Blue Jasmine)
  • Spike Jonze (Her)
  • Joel Coen & Ethan Coen (Inside Llewyn Davis)
  • Bob Nelson (Nebraska)


  • Tracy Letts (August: Osage County)
  • Richard Linklater & Julie Delpy & Ethan Hawke (Before Midnight)
  • Billy Ray (Captain Phillips)
  • Steve Coogan and Jeff Pope (Philomena)
  • John Ridley (12 Years a Slave)
  • Terence Winter (The Wolf of Wall Street)

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Hudsucker/ Hudsucker

    I'm kinda new to this, but why does the Original Screenplay category have 1 less than the Adapted Screenplay category.

    • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Ian/ Ian

      I don't know that they have hard and fast rules regarding numbers in some categories; you'll notice that there are also six nominees for editing and four for score. Brad probably has more insight however.

      • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Newbourne/ Newbourne

        You have to meet a certain minimum number of votes to be nominated. It's the same type of system that allows the Academy Award for Best Picture nominations to fluctuate between 5 and 10 nominees.

        • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Ian/ Ian

          I figured it was something like that in at least some categories.

  • Gautam Anand

    Hey Brad, when are going to reveal your picks.

  • Aidan Khan

    Very interesting. Saving Mr. Banks is not a very strong contender, although i still see Best Actress and Best Picture as nominations. Her is climbing a lot.

  • http://www.thecasualheroes.com/ Grissom

    I'm still unsure of how legitimate these groups nominations for Scarlett Johansson are. Don't you think it feels a bit more of a novelty? Sure, the performance was great, but would we still be having this conversation if Johansson was physically in the movie? Same went with James Franco raking in noms and even a win for Spring Breakers. It had a sudden and kind of bizarre campaign, and suddenly Detroit, LA, Washington, St. Louis are all nominating. And it bothers me more because much stronger performances from Margo Martindale and Octavia Spencer are getting trampled, as well as Tom Hanks.

    In the end, I think ScarJo has lost out, as she wasn't amongst the major associations. Historically speaking, a majority of nominees had either a Globes or SAG nom. It just seems her run has ended.

    • m1

      "would we still be having this conversation if Johansson was physically in the movie?"

      Well, the point is that she isn't physically in the movie and has to rely almost entirely on her voice for the performance to work. Clearly people are impressed by this.

      • Morpheos

        Then Morgan Freeman should've been nominated every time he narrates, specially in March Of The Penguins.

      • http://www.thecasualheroes.com/ Grissom

        I know the point is for her not to be there, but if she was there, would she still be in consideration? Not necessarily, as it's a regular performance without a body. Nothing too special.

        • lalecture

          Very good point about Johannson physically not in the film. I think this perspective is interesting and worth the discussion.
          But I don't think her performance should carry more weight than those female actors who used "all of themselves"!
          There are too many incredible performances this year

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Fox/ Fox

    Looks like the final nail in Fruitvale's coffin. Shame. . .

    Same can be said for Oscar Isaac. Haven't seen the film though so I can't comment on his performance.

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/jinjuriki187/ jinjuriki187

    fruitvale station and the butler seem to have faded away, minus opera of course. hanks doesn't seem all that likely to get a nom for saving mr banks but you never really know with the oscars

    • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Ian/ Ian

      Yeah I still think Hanks has a chance with the Academy since they should love Mr. Banks more than others do. And The Butler did very well with the SAGs, the only group who's voted so far who also votes for the Oscars. It will be nominated for Best Picture, as will Forest Whitaker for Best Actor.

      • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/jinjuriki187/ jinjuriki187

        its a decent possibility but I'm not so convinced

  • Eli Sickel

    Actually Leo did get a nomination but in "Best Actor in a Comedy", crossing my fingers he can randomly crash the best actor race!

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Newbourne/ Newbourne

    I just rewatched Gravity last night, and I gotta say, it was even more boring than the first time. Sure, it's PRETTY, but there's hardly any plot. It's just her moving around and shrieking saying things like "I hate space". I'm at a loss at all it's awards love. I don't get it at all.

    • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Newbourne/ Newbourne

      Also, considering Gravity an action movie is a joke. A very bad one, but nevertheless a joke.

    • lalecture

      That's it really, how pretty it is. Not much else. Bullock is fine but I'd much rather see Brie Larson in there for some of the more major awards.

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Newbourne/ Newbourne

    Here's how I would have voted in all those genre categories:

    Best Action movie (admittedly not a good year for action movies)
    • Oblivion
    • Oldboy
    • Star Trek Into Darkness
    • Thor: The Dark World

    Best Actor in an Action movie
    • Josh Brolin (Oldboy)
    • Jim Carrey (Kick-Ass 2)
    • Benedict Cumberbatch (Star Trek Into Darkness)
    • Tom Hiddleston (Thor: The Dark World)

    Best Actress in an Action movie
    • Amy Adams (Man of Steel)
    • Jennifer Lawrence (The Hunger Games: Catching Fire)
    • Chloe Moretz (Kick-Ass 2)
    • Andrea Riseborough (Oblivion)

    Best Comedy movie
    • American Hustle
    • Don Jon
    • Much Ado About Nothing
    • The Way Way Back

    Best Actor in a Comedy movie
    • Christian Bale (American Hustle)
    • Bradley Cooper (American Hustle)
    • Joseph Gordon-Levitt (Don Jon)
    • Sam Rockwell (The Way Way Back)

    Best Actress in a Comedy movie
    • Amy Acker (Much Ado About Nothing)
    • Julia Louis-Dreyfus (Enough Said)
    • Allison Janney (The Way Way Back)
    • Jennifer Lawrence (American Hustle)

    Best Sci-Fi/Horror Film
    • The Purge
    • Stoker
    • Star Trek Into Darkness
    • World War Z

    **I haven't seen Lone Survivor, Wolf of Wall Street, This is the End or Anchorman 2, but I think they'll surely pop some people off this list.

    • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/kathrynlynn/ kathrynlynn

      I think Tom Hiddleston would have been an interesting nomination. He is what is most intriguing about the Thor films... him and chris hemsworth back muscles. but that's personal taste...

    • lalecture

      Allison Janey was fabulous in way way back. As well JGL for Don Jon.
      I haven't seen any of the other films.

      • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Newbourne/ Newbourne

        Kick-Ass 2 isn't going to blow you away, but Chloe Moretz was amazing. Of course, she was even greater in the first film, but she kept the momentum going. Carrey was also top notch.

        Oblivion is kinda boring but Andrea was the best part about it. And you're doing yourself a disservice if you don't watch Much Ado About Nothing. It's clearly Joss Whedon's best film to date.

        • lalecture

          I'm glad you elaborated on these films. Much ado is on my list. Ivealways been a sucker for Shakespeare. I saw oblivion and enjoyed the visuals and sound very much. And I agree Andrea was top notch. Cruise is forgettable.

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/EPayneDDS/ EPayneDDS

    Do actors just not like Leo?

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Adu/ Adu

    5 nominations for oh Smaug!!

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/aroncido/ aroncido

    Looks like 12 Years, Gravity and Hustle are starting to leave everything except for maybe Her behind in the Best Picture race.

    • lalecture

      Yay! I hope these two films are honored for their creativity and performances

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/kathrynlynn/ kathrynlynn

    Very interesting best supporting actor category. I would think it's tough to sit down and vote on the performances this year as there have been some really wonderful ones across the board for all sorts of reasons and unique characters.

  • Ashley Crawford

    So happy for Evangeline Lilly being nominated.